Allez Wincobank - the Sheffield phrases that will welcome city tourists

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‘By eck lad, it’s steep’ will be the typically Sheffield welcome for visiting cyclists under a scheme to celebrate the city’s Tour de France legacy.

Graffiti painted on to the city’s roads for the famous bike race last year is becoming a permanent feature on four King of The Mountain hill climbs in the city at Bradfield, Midhopestones, Oughtibridge and Wincobank.

And the beginning and end of the route through Sheffield – which attracted 380,000 spectators and £11 million in economic benefit – will also have gritstone markers installed, with a design based on a cycling jersey.

It is hoped the £15,000 scheme will encourage people to visit the city and ride the 22-mile trail.

And tomorrow (Friday) this ambition is being partly put to the test when cyclists take on one of Sheffield toughest hill changes.

Crowds will watch as hardy riders try to ride from the bottom of Woodfall Lane in Low Bradfield to the top in High Bradfield - which has a maximum gradient of 35 per cent.

Last year the event kicked off Tour celebrations in the village and it was so popular that it has been brought back.

Andrew Elston of Langsett Cycles, who is helping to organise the event, said: “This year we have been able to hold the event on closed roads so it will be even better for riders and spectators and hopefully a lot less stressful for the organisers and marshals - we’re hoping for another big crowd.”

Prizes for the winners of the race, which starts at 7.30pm, have been donated by local companies.

Also in Bradfield, Cotton Star Camping site is open to celebrate the Tour anniversary with folk music and a bike ride planned. Call 07872 169439 to book a tent.